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I’m a big fan of selfies. The other day, I went to the zoo and thought it’d be cool to make a selfie with a lion and upload it on Facebook without realizing how dangerous it could be to have a lion so close. I bring this retablo to Saint Anthony the Great because thank to my phone’s flash the giant cat got scared and didn’t do anything to me. I promise to be more responsible while making photos.

Alex Ríos
Monterrey, Nuevo León

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The lion tamer Pedro Garcia brings this retablo to Saint John Bosco thanking him for his lioness gave birth to two cubs without problems and complications.

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The lion escaped from his cage and was about to attack the beautiful Carinina but the Virgin gave me courage and I put him back in the cage treating him with my shoe. I thank the Virgin because now I feel brave.

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I thank the Virgin, for the lion didn’t eat my piglet.


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April 30, 1930, we were performing in Villahermosa, Tabasco. During the lion taming act the tamer received a strong scratch and even his clothes were torn and his skin was cut. The furious animals was about to attack him again and we thought it should kill the tamer. But suddenly the Holy Virgin made a miracle and saved his life.

The Maravilla circus
Matias Lopez Espinosa
Villita de Guadalupe, October 30, 1932

Gregorio Rosas thanks the Virgin of Guadalupe for saving him. I was taming a lion in the circus and he got angry and attacked me. But you, Holy Virgin, protected and saved me.

Mexico City — October 25, 1977

I was going to be a trapeze artist, following our family tradition. But I wasn’t very good. Then one day I found out that I charm the fierce animals with my voice sound. So I began to work with big cats. They act as little kittens when I talk with them with sweetness, and they do everything I say. My act with the fierce animals has had a great success, and my animals love me. I thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for this gift.

Andres Ortega brings this retablo to Saint Thomas thanking him for becoming a lion tamer in the “Doris” circus and for his performances are going very well.

The tamer Teofilo Rosales thanks Saint Catherine the Martyr because she helped him to tame lions and other wild animals in the circus. They never attack him. On the contrary, he cares about them and they reciprocate.

The Internacional Circus
Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 1966

Diana Molina was performing her act on trapeze and lost the rhythm during a throw in the air. She was about to fall on the lions who were down and were very grumpy. She prayed the Virgin of Guadalupe and, in a mysterious way, a trapeze came right to her hands, and she grabbed it.

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The erotic model Paty D. was at a photo session in Africa when they were attacked by a lioness. She brings this retablo thanking Saint Francis because they were saved in time by some hunters.

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April 30, 1980, a frightened lion jumped on me. In this danger, I implored the Virgin of Guadalupe. I managed to tame him and the lion didn’t do me any harm. It all ended well.

Seferino — It happened in the “Atayde” circus in Mexico

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Antonio Pantoja gives thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe for saving him from death when a lion attacked him during his lion taming act in the circus. He brings this retablo in gratitude.

January 6, 1985